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The Oregonian: Portland State camp aims to boost students', teachers' mastery of cyber-security
Author: Susannah L. Bodman, The Oregonian
Posted: July 10, 2014

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Dozens of students and teachers from eight regional high schools are learning how to program robots; solve cryptographic problems; and handle cyberspace-related social, political and ethical issues.

It's part of Cyber Discovery, a week-long camp at Portland State University that aims to immerse attendees in math, history, engineering, political science and computer science to develop "better cyber-citizens — those who help, rather than hinder, cyber-security efforts," according to PSU staff.

Forty-eight students and 16 teachers are participating in integrative activities and workshops through Saturday (July 12) that explore the history, social and ethical issues, and technology involved in cyberspace security.

The schools involved are: Woodburn Academy of Art Science and Technology; Tigard High School; Capital High School, Olympia, Wash.; Franklin High School, Portland; Madison High School, Portland; St. Mary's Academy, Portland; School of Science and Technology, Beaverton; and Village Home Education Resource Center, a homeschooling community.

Events open to the public are various robotics contests:

Cyber Discovery campers also participated in a robot golf tournament on Thursday.

The camp is lead by university faculty from engineering, computer science, math, cryptography and other disciplines.

PSU partnered with the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Centerto present the camp, which is funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

For more about Cyber Discovery, which got its start at Louisiana Tech University, check out the video below or email contactcyberdiscovery@cecs.pdx.edu.